The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 22

They Saved Lisa's Brain

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 09, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Lisa bands together with Springfield's other Mensa members to try to turn the town into a utopia. But they discover that genius doesn't always know what it's doing. Meanwhile, Homer takes sexually suggestive pictures of himself for Marge.

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  • great

    what i liked- the gross-out contest, bart riding the pig, lisa being accepted into Mensa, Stephen Hawkings' appearance, Stephen Hawking and Homer at Moe's at the end of the episode, etc.

    not a whole lot in this episode, but it was nice to see a grounded lisa episode. it's not the most interesting episode, or the funniest, but it is a nice way to spend a half hour of your time, so overall grade is going to be a Bmoreless
  • It was great to see Lisa in her proper place

    Lisa joins Mensa, the high I.Q. society. While there, she spends her time interacting with such geniuses as Dr. Hibbert, Professor Frink and the Comic Book Store Guy. By a twist of fate, the members of Mensa become the leaders of Springfield and try to remake the town in their geeky likeness. But the geniuses can't agree on anything and begin squabbling amongst themselves. It's up to the ultimate genius, Stephen Hawking, to intervene and set the smarty-pants straight. Guest Star: Stephen Hawking as himself

    A very good episode, and Stphen Hawking actually stopped the riot from occuring... It was great to see Lisa in her proper place.moreless
  • sweet

    The gross out contest comes to spring field. Homer, Bart, and many others try to win the grand trip to Hawaii.But in the end, the judges anounce that they win because they were seen with those freaks. And the riot begins. After the riot, Lisa writes a open letter to the people of springfield. One day, Lisa gets a note saying some people read her letter and told her to go to a house. When she gets there, she becomes a member of MENSA.Later, the group protestes aginst the mayor. So, the mayor skips town. whats going to happen next. Watch to find out! final grade:A-moreless
  • A MENSA right in springfield

    this episode has one of my favourite professor frink appearances:

    frink (on sarcasm): are you kidding? this baby's going off the roof!

    comic book guy: ooh, a sarcasm detector. that's a really useful invention

    the sarcasm detector then beeps out of control and explodes.

    this episode was great. i especially liked the end with hawking and homer at moes, homer mimicking stephen hawking's computerised voice to make him pay for the tab and towards the end where hawking's chair acts as a helicopter and marge reads advice from hawking's screen. this is a very well written lisa episode with stephen hawking's guest appearance a very well placed one.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking


Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Carl: Let's make litter out of these literati!
      Lenny: That's too clever, you're one of THEM!

    • Homer: You said you were going to make me look sexier, but it's awfully dark in here.
      Photographer: Light is not your friend.

    • Comic Book Guy: (dressed as Copernicus) Verily, I declare that the Earth revolves around the sun, and not t'other way round.
      Lindsay Naegle: Stop looking down my blouse, Copernicus!
      Comic Book Guy: Mine eyes doth rove of their own accord.

    • Lisa: We are a town of low-brows, no-brows and ignorami. We have eight malls, but no symphony. 32 bars, but no alternative theatre. 16 stores that begin with "Le Sex."

    • (At the gross-out contest)
      Lisa: This is so embarrassing!
      Marge: Lisa, did anyone force you to come here today?
      Lisa: You.
      Marge: Well, no one's forcing you to stay.
      Lisa: Fine, then I'm leaving.
      Marge: You're not going anywhere.

    • Homer: Look Lisa, I got runner-up prize!
      Lisa: You won second place?
      Homer: No, but I got it! (pause) Stealing is wrong.

    • Homer: I'm hot buttered, Check it and see!
      I've got a fever of 453!
      I'm hot, so very hot.

    • Hawking: Your theory of a donut shaped universe is intriguing Homer, I may have to steal it.
      Homer: Wow, I can't believe someone I never heard of is hanging out with a guy like me.

    • Homer (to Lisa about Stephen Hawking): Did you have fun with your robot buddy?

    • Homer: Aww, but I was gonna score!
      Marge: No you weren't.

    • Hibbert: (through an intercom) Lisa Simpson, are you ready to go on a voyage of intellectual self-discovery?
      Lisa: I think so.
      Hibbert: Is that a pie, or a quiche?
      Lisa: A pie.
      (Some murmuring over the intercom)
      Hibbert: You may enter.

    • Lindsey Nagel: Do I detect a hint of sarcasm?
      (The sarcasm detector starts beeping.)
      Professor Frink: Are you kidding? This baby is off the charts!
      Comic Book Guy: Ooh! A sarcasm detector! That's a REALLY useful invention!
      (The sarcasm detector explodes.)

    • Comic Book Guy (to the tune of the "Star Trek: Original Series" theme song): I am smart, much smarter than you, Hibbert!

    • Moe: So who's paying?
      Homer (using a robotic voice with his hand over his mouth): I-am.
      Hawking: Hey, I didn't say that.
      Homer: Yes-I-did.

    • Stephen Hawking: Sometimes the smartest of us can be the most childish.
      Lisa: Even you?
      Stephen Hawking: No, not me. Never.

    • Homer: It's time to get Homer-erotic!

    • Homer: You're not going to ask me to pose nude, are you?
      Photographer: Well, yes, unless you have issues about revealing your body.
      Homer: I don't, but the Block Association seems to. THEY wanted a "traditional" Santa Claus.

  • NOTES (5)

    • First Appearance: Stephen Hawking.

    • During Homer's act in the contest in his popcorn suit, he alludes to the alternate title of this episode.

      "I've got a fever of 453!"

      The alternate title of this show is "Fahrenheit 453: The Temperature at Which Lisa Complains"

    • When Frink says that boxing is banned, several people including Homer cheer in favor of the ban. Perhaps Homer no longer likes boxing after his experiences as a prize fighter back in "The Homer They Fall".

    • Skinner put Springfield on "Metric Time", a fictional base-10 temporal system. There is no such thing although the idea is tempting.

    • This is the first appearance of generic character Lindsey Naegle.


    • They Saved Hitler's Brain

      The title of this episode is a take on the 1968 action movie They Saved Hitler's Brain.  The movie is about a group of escaped Nazis under the command of Adolf Hitler's still living head (It was removed from his body and connected to a life support system) hiding in a fictional South American country.  It is widely regarded as one of the worst movies ever made.

    • Dick and Jane
      Comic Book Guys shirt says, "C:/DOS C:/DOS/RUN RUN/DOS/RUN." Aside from being a computer joke, Comic Book Guys shirt refers to the series of Dick and Jane children's books, one of which is titled See Dick Run.

    • Homer: Larry Flynt is right! You guys stink!

      Homer confuses Stephen Hawking with Larry Flynt, the publisher of "Hustler."

    • Comic Book Guy: Inspired by the most logical race in the galaxy, the Vulcans, breeding will be permitted once every seven years. For many of you, this will mean much less breeding. For me, much, much more.
      Willie: You cannot do that, sir! You don't have the power!

      Comic Book Guy knows that Vulcans breed every seven years because this was part of the plot of a Star Trek episode called "Amok Time." Also Willie's reply is an imitation of Chief Engineer Scotty.

    • Homer's "Hot Buttered" song is a parody of Foreigner's song "Hot Blooded."

    • Homer: Houston, we have a problem. A sexy problem!

      When Homer is wearing an astronaut's helmet and little else, he repeats Tom Hanks' famous line from the 1995 movie Apollo 13. After the movie was released, the line "Houston, we have a problem" became a widely used catchphrase that could be used to describe even the most trivial of problems.

    • The couch gag (in which the couch is floating in water and an iceberg hits it and it sinks) is a reference to the 1912 sinking of the unsinkable Titanic.